Evernote Scales Back Globally, Shrinks Workforce for New Focus

  • Productivity tool fires 47 employees and shuts 3 offices
  • Startup will focus on main features: sync, note and search

Evernote, maker of a digital note-taking application, is scaling back its workforce and global presence to focus on improving the company’s main product.

The Redwood City, California-based startup has fired 47 employees and shut down three offices, Chief Executive Officer Chris O’Neill said Tuesday in a blog post. The company will focus on its sync, note and search features and will introduce improvements in its products in the next several months, he said. O’Neill was brought on in July to help Evernote increase revenue, sustain growth and steer products in a new direction. The company had almost 400 employees, according to its website.

“A smaller, more focused team today will set us up for growth and expansion tomorrow,” O’Neill wrote. “We will pull back on initiatives that fail to support our mission.”

Evernote joins a growing list of startups that are paring operations or shifting strategies to keep their businesses running. Good Eggs shut its doors in Los Angeles, Brooklyn and New Orleans and reduced staff at its San Francisco headquarters earlier this year. New York-based Quirky filed for Chapter 11 protection earlier this month to help sell its assets, with the goal of finding a buyer that will continue its operations.

Millions of people pay for Evernote’s premium service, and new paid subscribers increased 40 percent from last year, O’Neill said in the blog post. Evernote, founded in 2007, had 1.5 million paying subscribers in 2012.

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